Supported Programs

Cultural Arts

This committee is responsible for assisting in the selections of various cultural assemblies that will expand on school curriculum and social and cultural learning. This committee is also responsible for coordinating the Annual Thornapple Art Show, showcasing the artwork of each and every one of our talented students.


Junior Achievement

This program teaches economic principles and links the community with the school to form a partnership between business and education. A volunteer for each classroom in Grades 1 though 4, help with 5 lessons. Volunteers utilize a kit that contains all the materials needed, as well as the curriculum guide. A training section is also provided.

Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Academy

This is Thornapple’s sister school in Grand Rapids. During the course of this 10+ year partnership, Thornapple has hosted fundraisers, purchased holiday gifts, and donated gently used items for the benefit of families of MLK. Click here for more information: HERE


Each grade level puts on a musical each year, culimating in the fourth grade musical which is hosted at the Fine Arts Center, and all Thornapple families are encouraged to attend. Our fearless music teacher does most of the work, but parent volunteers are needed for all musicals to help with props, costumes, make-up, etc.

Phone Tree

Volunteers activate the phone tree in case of unexpected early dismissals, emergency situations, special events or other occasions where it is deemed appropriate by the administration. Everyone must be included in the phone tree for the safety of children. There may be a test of the phone tree as well.

Project Charlie

This is a substance abuse prevention program taught in the 4th grade by parent facilitators. Students learn refusal skills and how to handle peer pressure through role plays, skits and other fun activities. Trained volunteer faciliators teach in teams of 2 and do not teach in their own child’s classroom due to the nature of the material covered.

Teacher Grants

This committee manages the teacher grants program.

Thornapple Cares

This committee provides assistance for Thornapple families in need due to illness or hospitalization, death or any other family issue.

Study Garden

With the official name of “Dr. Linda’s Study Garden”, this outdoor nature classroom is located in the courtyard by the main entrance to Thornapple. Annual and perennial plants, shurbs and trees highlight formal native to each of Michigan’s different ecosystems. Weather gauge equipment, meeting and display space create a wonderful natural learning environment.


This PTO committee takes photos throughout the year and generates, with the aid of a professional company, the Thornapple Yearbook, which is distributed in the spring. All students recieve a yearbook, even if they did not purchase individual photo packages.